[holding answer 2 February 2009]: Service personnel injured due to service on or after 6 April 2005, including those injured due to service while on operations, receive compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). This provides both a tax-free lump sum payment of up to £570,000 that can be paid during service, and for the more seriously injured a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP), which is tax-free, index-linked and payable from discharge for the rest of their life. The total compensation received can therefore exceed £1 million.
The War Pension Scheme (WPS) provides compensation and a range of allowances to service personnel disabled as a result of their service, up to and including 5 April 2005, payable after discharge. These include a basic war disablement pension based on the degree of disablement, supplementary allowances and allowances for dependents.